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Species Account for Cicindela campestris

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Cicindela campestris  Linnaeus, 1758
Green Tiger Beetle
Coleoptera: Carabidae

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Taxonomic group: beetles (Coleoptera) - Available county data

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Essex RDB: Listed

Records: 113
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 8
Pre-1992 hectads: 6
Total hectads: 11

Additional Phenology Data


Cicindela campestris - Green tiger Beetle
Cicindela campestris - Green tiger Beetle
Green Tiger Beetle 22nd March 2023
Green Tiger Beetle 22nd March 2023
GTB mating
GTB mating
Cicindela campestris 01
Cicindela campestris 01
GTB 2017
GTB 2017
Green tiger beetles mating
Green tiger beetles mating
Cicindela campestris
Cicindela campestris

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Essex Red Data List comment
The Green Tiger Beetle is rare in Essex. Nationally it is found in areas with bare ground or sparse vegetation such as sandy heath, moorland, clay pits and quarry spoil heaps, always in sunny situations. Adults are active in early summer and will often take to the wing when disturbed. Both adults and larvae are predators on other invertebrates. The larvae form a burrow in the ground, often on or near paths. Widespread and common in some areas, very local in others. It is a good indicator for heathland management.

Species text
Although widespread on open, dry heaths and moors throughout Britain, many records shown in Luff (1998) are old. The tiger beetle Cicendela campestris is rare and threatened in Essex and neighbouring counties. It is an annual species, breeding early in spring, the larvae inhabiting vertical burrows in the soil. In Essex the only recent records appear to be from from Walton-on-Naze and Colchester (J. Bowdrey, 2001), a small area of Danbury Common, Linford Sand Pit (possibly now lost) and several other brownfield sites near the Thames in south Essex. There are earlier records from Epping Forest, Grays and Sandon. References

Species text last edited on Thu Jul 26th 2018 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 36 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 24 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 113 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Cicindela campestris

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Cicindela campestris

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